Lying down semi-supine


  • It is better not to dash to a lesson straight from work.


  • If you can, allow yourself a short period of rest. Lie down on the floor for a few minutes with your knees bent and feet on the ground, your head supported by a book. Let the neck be free, allow your whole body to lengthen and widen as your taut muscles give up their unnecessary tension.


  • Consider how you have been since your last lesson. Are there things you want to tell your teacher. Try to recall any persistent bad habits that might be causing you difficulties—spending too long at the computer, getting cross to easily, shouting, road rage, clumsiness that leads to breaking things—anything that gets in the way of good functioning. Talk to your teacher about what you have observed about your use of yourself.


  • Some pupils find it useful to keep an Alexander diary of things they notice about themselves and their behaviour: the joys and flops. Often you learn more from the difficulties.


  • Give yourself time to get to your lesson in a calm state. This way you will get the most out of your lesson in the Alexander Technique and be more receptive to the lesson.